Whether you practice a capsule wardrobe or are a “more is more” kind of shopper, having a core closet of certain essentials makes it much easier to get dressed in the morning. You don’t need ALL of the pieces suggested here but having a selection of some of them will make your life easier.
Core closet essentials are where you want to spend your money. Buy the best you can afford, with one exception: white tees. I find that white tees grey, yellow or get spills on them so quickly that it’s better to find a good, less expensive model and replace them more often.
Continue reading “Fall/Winter 2018 Core Closet Checklist”
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Finally the big reveal that I promised: a complete mini capsule for Spring 2017! Using sixteen core pieces (including some of the capsule basics we covered in the capsule series) and nine accessories we created sixteen complete outfits for your inspiration. And I’m guessing all you out there can come up with even more!
If you are new to capsule wardrobes and have always wanted to give them a try, the sample wardrobe below would also work well for a spring time, city-based vacation to a mild/moderate climate. Trying to use a capsule on vacation is a great way to test the theory out. Trust me, you won’t regret packing less!
Spring Mini Capsule Contents:
- J. Crew denim jacket
- Banana Republic linen tee
- Hudson Collin skinny Jeans
- Banana Republic Sloan black ankle pants
- Garnet Hill 3/4 sleeve bateau dress
- Ten Sixty Sherman ruffle sleeve tee
- Ralph Lauren a-line skirt
- Citizen’s of Humanity Karmen pencil skirt
- Boden long sleeve Breton tee
- Bloomingdale’s Aqua asymmetrical tie top
- Splendid lace-up top
- Caslon 3/4 sleeve tee
- Nordstrom BP cargo anorak
- Halogen cardigan
- Halogen long linen cardigan
- Garnet Hill slim utility pants
Accessories & Add-ons
- adidas Originals Stan Smith
- Halogen Freda slide
- Nordstrom BP Katrina flat
- Missoni scarf
- Halogen Painterly Wave wrap
- Halogen Urban Blooms scarf
- Banana Republic Wildflower necklace
- Kendra Scott Rayne tassel pendant
- Longchamp large La Pliage tote
I’d love to see what combinations you come up with! Please feel free to comment below, write in or share any photos.
This post is part of Classy Yet Trendy’s blogger link-up!
Over the past few weeks we’ve covered the benefits of a capsule wardrobe as well as how to create a strong foundation for building a functional spring/summer capsule. Today we get to the fun stuff – adding some color and personality!
Step 1: Choose the palette for your accent colors.
Two or three accents give you a lot of mileage but you can get by with as few as one. If you love color and would like more accent options, choosing shades of one of your primary accents is an easy way to extend your palette.
Choose accents that look great with your neutrals. Blues look great with brown and khaki, berry tones pop against navy, etc. The author of The Vivienne Files has a great “start with art” series that leads to some fantastic palettes. If there is a scarf or print fabric that you often get complemented on, using it as a base is another good way to find color inspiration.
Step 2: Start filling in with pieces.
Tops and sweaters will get you a lot of wardrobe mileage as will accessories (scarves, jewelry, handbags, shoes). For those comfortable with the capsule concept, you may even want to consider adding a pant, skirt or jacket in your accent color.
Step 2 is also the step where you will be adding trend items to your capsule. If you’ve been wanting to try a lace front top or embroidered item – go for it! Just keep it in your palette’s color scheme.
Aside from color, another way to add interest to your capsule is to select a few print or patterned pieces in either your neutral or accent palette.
Have fun this week injecting your capsule with some personality! Next week, we’ll wrap the series up with a sample capsule including full outfit ideas.